Grammy nom­i­nees

Bayou City tal­ent well-rep­re­sented in nom­i­na­tions

Houston Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - By Joey Guerra [email protected]

The Grammy nom­i­na­tions see more women dom­i­nat­ing the ma­jor cat­e­gories and sev­eral nods for Tex­ans, in­clud­ing Hous­ton rap­per Travis Scott.

Hip-hop is king among this year’s Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

Kendrick La­mar’s “Black Pan­ther” sound­track (eight), unof­fi­cial Hous­to­nian Drake (seven) and Cana­dian pro­ducer Boi-1da (six) lead the pack, rack­ing up nods in the gen­eral and rap cat­e­gories. Nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing.

But Hous­ton’s cur­rent al­pha hip-hop star Travis Scott was shut out of the ma­jor cat­e­gories, de­spite the crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess of his “Astroworld” al­bum, named for the city’s iconic theme park. Scott earned three nom­i­na­tions for rap per­for­mance, song and al­bum nom­i­na­tions.

Even with­out Scott among their list, the top four cat­e­gories — record, song, al­bum of the year and best new artist — have a dif­fer­ent look this year. The Gram­mys have taken a cue from the Acad­emy Awards and ex­panded the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions from five to eight. That means sev­eral sur­prise en­tries made the cut. And women dom­i­nate all four cat­e­gories.

Among them are folk rocker Brandi Carlile for record, al­bum and song of the year; Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Com­puter” and R&B singer H.E.R.’s self­ti­tled de­but for al­bum of the year; and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” for song of the year.

Best new artist in­cludes Bey­oncé pro­teges Chloe x Halle, rock band Greta Van Fleet, coun­try singers Luke Combs and Margo Price, pop stars Dua Lipa and Beba Rexha, buzzy R&B voices Jorja Smith and H.E.R.

And there was more Grammy love for other Hous­ton artists.

The joint “Ev­ery­thing is Love” al­bum from The Carters — Htown diva Bey­oncé and her hus­band Jay-Z — earned nods for R&B per­for­mance, ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum and mu­sic video.

Chris Dave, a grad­u­ate of the High School for Per­form­ing and Vis­ual Arts, earned a nom­i­na­tion with his group the Drumhedz for their self-ti­tled record in the best ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum cat­e­gory.

Hous­ton fam­ily band The Walls Group is up for best gospel al­bum for “The Other Side.” It’s their third nom­i­na­tion. And the Hous­ton Grand Opera and Hous­ton Sym­phony are again in the mix in the clas­si­cal cat­e­gories.

Be­yond Hous­ton, Ar­ling­ton-born Maren Morris nabbed five nods, in­clud­ing record and song of the year for “The Mid­dle” with EDM stars Zedd and Grey. Hip-pop star Post Malone, who grew up in Grapevine, earned four nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing record and al­bum of the year. Kacey Mus­graves, who hails from Mi­ne­ola, is up for al­bum of the year, coun­try solo per­for­mance, coun­try song and coun­try al­bum for her whim­si­cal “Golden” al­bum.

Other Tex­ans who made the cut in­clude:

Los Tex­ma­ni­acs (San Antonio) for re­gional Mex­i­can mu­sic al­bum

Wil­lie Nel­son (Ab­bott) for best tra­di­tional pop vo­cal al­bum and Amer­i­can roots per­for­mance

Le Ann Wo­mack ( Jack­sonville) for Amer­i­can roots song and Amer­i­cana al­bum

Kelly Clark­son (Burleson) for pop vo­cal al­bum

St. Vin­cent (Dal­las) for rock song and al­ter­na­tive al­bum

Leon Bridges (Fort Worth) for tra­di­tional R&B per­for­mance and R&B al­bum

Sur­pris­ing shutouts? Taylor Swift earned just one nom­i­na­tion for her “Rep­u­ta­tion” al­bum, which tops the year-end Bill­board 200. She’s pre­vi­ously won al­bum of the year twice.

For­mer Fifth Har­mony mem­ber Camila Ca­bello has to set­tle for a pair of pop nom­i­na­tions, de­spite the record-break­ing suc­cess of “Havana.” And Ari­ana Grande was also rel­e­gated to pop nods.

The Gram­mys air Feb. 10 on CBS.

Dante Mar­shall

Drum­mer Chris Dave is a Hous­ton na­tive whose first al­bum, “Chris Dave and the Drumhedz,” earned a Grammy nom­i­na­tion Fri­day.

Marco Tor­res

Hous­ton’s Travis Scott earned three Grammy nom­i­na­tions for his “Astroworld.”

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